Adapting to survive

radioessay/54:40/2019

„Adapting (?) to survive“ is an ongoing series of radioplays revolving around different approaches to survival-strategies in nature, science, art and our daily lives. Animals and plants are the experts on this topic, over time they form specific physical characteristics that help them survive their ever changing surroundings. Trees grow taller to get more sunlight, smaller plants have learned to live in the shade in their own way. Humans often take a more selfish approach and form their surroundings to suit their needs. But learning survival skills and prepping became a new trend fuelled by our deepest fears and testing ourselves in the unsafe terrain of nature also shapes our hobbies like sports and other outdoor activities. And there is the other side of the coin – our everyday actions shape our relationship with nature in a way that our small decisions have a huge impact on the environment. The radioshow is looking for strategies, thoughts, conclusions and investigates the „state of being safe“, its byproducts and side effects.

The first audioessay of the series consists of music developed during a residency in a rural area in Finland as well as radio play elements that embed different interview sequences into fictitious soundscapes. The interviews revolve around, among other things, self-sufficiency, the precariat of the artistic existence and the human need for taking risks. Sounds of an intimate presence.
interviews with: Mooni Perry and Jehki Potkonen

supported by the Austrian Embassy Helsinki

 

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